Sour Cream Coffee Cake and a Birthday Giveaway!

August 13, 2012

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this week, Espresso and Cream turns 3! It’s amazing (and a little cringe-worthy) to look back at posts from three years ago and think about all the life that has been lived and documented on these pages in the past three years. When I started writing this little blog, I was getting ready to enter my senior year in college and unsure what I was going to do after graduation. I’ve since graduated, gone through a season of uncertainty with my career, landed a full time job, dated and married my husband, added a furry member to our family and eaten a lot of amazing food along the way. To all of you who have been reading, especially those who were reading when I didn’t think anyone was during those beginning months, thank you! Your e-mails, tweets and comments make blogging so much fun and I’ve made so many great friends along the way.

In celebration of three years of blogging, I’ve baked you a cake. A coffee cake to be exact. And what goes better with coffee cake than a $100 J. Crew gift card, right? It probably comes as a surprise to no one that I have an undying love for J. Crew, and as fall approaches I thought some of you might be looking to add a few new items to your wardrobe. The giveaway is open between now and Thursday, August 16th at 10 p.m. and I’ll be announcing the winner on Friday.
You have two chances to enter:

1. Leave a comment below telling me what you’re looking forward to most about this fall.
2. Tweet about the giveaway (and leave a separate comment telling me that you Tweeted about it)

A week ago, Joe asked if I would mind making a coffee cake for him to have with breakfast sometime soon. I couldn’t remember the last time I made a coffee cake, and I don’t think there is a recipe on the site, so I was more than happy to oblige. Turns out, I found it incredibly hard to find a basic coffee cake recipe in any of the cookbooks I own. Eventually, I found this recipe from Ina Garten for her sour cream coffee cake. It’s a basic recipe, which is exactly what Joe requested, with a cinnamon sugar streusel in the center and atop a moist sour cream cake. I would make this cake again in a heartbeat, as a casual treat for Joe or to share with company. Though if it were up to me, I might stir some fresh raspberries into the batter for an extra kick.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake
From All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray

For the Cake:
*1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
*1 1/2 cups sugar
*3 extra-large eggs
*1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*1 1/4 cups sour cream
*2 1/2 cups cake flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Streusel
*1/4 cup light brown sugar
*1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
*3/4 cup chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans

*Preheat oven to 325Β°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Set aside.
*Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
*Add the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure batter is completely mixed.
*For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms crumbs. Mix in the nuts, if desired.
*Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Madison’s Note: I didn’t have a 10-inch tube pan so I used a 9-inch deep-sided springform pan. I had to bake it for a little longer (maybe 70 to 75 minutes) and the center sunk a bit, but it still tasted great!

Happy Baking!

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  • I’m most looking forward to fall baking – especially with pumpkin! Happy blog-anniversary, and thanks for the chance to win – I LOVE JCrew!

  • Adrienne

    new painter tees!…and of course fall decorating πŸ™‚

  • Faith J.

    Happy Blog Birthday! This fall i am looking forward to Halloween, wearing suede boots, and getting cosy with my husband. Count me in for the giveaway!

  • the changing fall colors

  • ashley

    Apples, apple cider and apple doughnuts!

  • ashley
  • Brittani

    I love everything about fall! Football, pumpkins, apples, bonfires!

  • Brittani

    I also tweeted the giveaway @britsargent

  • JennyV

    Pumpkin – pumpkin – and more pumpkin!

    That coffee cake looks great!

  • Caitlin Murphy

    I can’t wait for fall it is my favorite season! I love the changin of the leaves and everything pumpkin. Even the smell in the air changes. Love.

  • Most looking forward to?! Hawkeye football!

  • Caitlin Murphy

    Just tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/CaitlinJMurphy

  • ShannonLC

    Such a great give away! I just purchased my first dress from there and I’m not so patiently waiting for it to arrive. πŸ™‚ I love everything fall, but I really can’t wait for football to start!!

  • ShannonLC

    I tweeted this too!

  • Tweet is done!

  • Barbara Aucoin

    Looking forward to the cooler weather and a trip to NYC

  • Rachel Buckingham

    I’m most looking forward to weekend afternoons spent curled up in a chair, wrapped in a cozy blanket reading with a cup of spiced apple cider or delicious coffee.

  • Rachel Buckingham

    Also tweeted about your awesome giveaway!

  • Nushechka

    i’m looking forward to cooler weather

  • Nushechka
  • Spenser

    I’m looking forward to the arrival of my little girl in November!

  • Nichole

    Football, of course! I love to watch college and NFL football. I know you are a Gator so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for Urban Meyer. The “Urban Renewal” in Columbus, Ohio is going to be amazing. I am finally looking forward to Ohio State Football again!

  • Ivy

    My favorite thing about fall? Watching ISU football games and cruising through campus. But now that I have a wedding to plan for next summer, I’m rather excited to continue working on that.

  • Ivy

    I also tweeted about the giveaway! My handle is ivythepoison. Thanks!

  • Moira

    I am looking forward to the cool weather, Halloween, changing colors, and new TV shows!!!

  • Amy J

    Happy Blog Birthday! We are moving this weekend, so I am looking forward to many new adventures this fall! Also, my little girl is starting Kindergarten and my son will be in preschool, so that’ll be a fun time! Look forward to taking them to apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and bonfires wearing sweatshirts πŸ™‚

  • Kaylie

    I am looking forward to making apple pies and turnovers with fresh picked apples!

  • erin

    the arrival of baby #2 in november! could use some new clothes after that!

  • Deb Vander Weide

    I am looking forward to the trees turning beautiful colors!!

  • Sonya Jaswal

    As weird as it sounds, I’m looking forward to going back to school!

  • I am looking forward to coffee on the porch wearing my cardigans (maybe a j. crew cardigan!) over my pajamas! I also love colors of fall and can’t wait to take family picks with lots of leaves!

  • brittanyadams

    I hope I win the $100 J. Crew giveway! #happybirthdayespressoandcream

  • Claire

    Im looking forward to layering clothing & pumpkin based foods, yum πŸ™‚

  • Naina

    I’m looking forward to hot chocolate, fall colors and setting up our new place with my fiance! happy blog birthday πŸ™‚

  • Missy

    I am looking forward to watching my 11 year old son play football!!

  • Erika

    I’m looking forward to the beautiful weather, the leaves turning fall colors, and my 2 year wedding anniversary in October!

  • Elizabeth F

    I’m looking forward to crisp, cool days, bright blue October skies, and curling up on the couch in a thick wool cardigan with a bowl of hot soup.

  • Danielle K.

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my husband’s and my first autumn and hiking adventures together. We can’t wait for the colored sky of orange, red and some great football! SEC here we come! Plus getting to enjoy a cup of coffee in a cool crisp morning with the cutest nephew ever!

  • I’m looking forward to Pumpkin Spice lattes and cozy cardigans. And autumn recipes from Espresso and Cream!

  • grace

    your cake rocks! that streusel topping is so tempting. my favorite part about fall is the sudden appearance of apples and cinnamon in everything!

  • i’m looking forward to jeans and sweatshirts by the backyard bonfire. and my first fall as a married woman with my sweet husband. i’m also excited for fall decorating.

  • just tweeted about you being the best blogger ever. thank you for being awesome πŸ™‚

  • Abby Mansour

    Pumpkin everything, crisp fall air, apple orchard dates with my dear husband, chunky sweaters, the leaves in their burnt orange, red and yellow glory…and the list goes on. Thank you for the recipe! I just made coffee cake this past week and can’t wait to try out your recipe next time. : )

  • Hannah

    I’m looking forward to wearing khaki jackets!! I hope i win this giveaway!
    By the way, thanks for the recipe!



  • Guest

    looking forward to: being back in the classroom

  • Bnschwinden

    Pumpkin spice lattes. I’m soo ready for them again